How to Pick the Right Light Fixtures for Your Home

picking the right lighting

A home without good lighting loses it’s beauty as soon as the sun sets, but a home with great lighting never skips a beat. Give your home the shining personality it deserves with the right lighting. To choose the right lighting for your home, consider the following:

picking the right lighting
  • Style: It’s important to remember to incorporate your light fixtures into the rest of your design scheme, and choosing the right style is key to doing so. Is your home’s architecture modern with smooth, flowing lines and curves, or is it more traditional featuring simple roof-lines and symmetric design? Whatever the architecture of your home, choose lighting fixtures to match.
  • Shape and size: Careful consideration needs to be given to the shape and size of lighting fixtures, so your rooms don’t appear awkward or disproportionate. You might choose pendant lights for rooms with elevated ceilings, but table lamps for more intimate rooms.
  • Function: The purpose of the room should play a major part in your lighting choices. For example, you would probably not need strong or harsh lighting in your dining room, but you might like to have the choice for strong lighting in your kitchen or craft room.
  • Color: Lastly, consider your color scheme when choosing light fixtures. Can you paint your light fixture to match your rug or find a lamp shade that accents the color of your wall-art? Matching your lighting with your color scheme will give your room a seamless appearance.

The right lighting not only improves a home’s physical appeal, but can actually increase both the optimism and productivity of its inhabitants.

Learn more about choosing light fixtures for your home by contacting us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture today.

Functional Architecture: The Beauty and the Brawn

When people look at homes in shelter magazines, they discuss how beautiful a space is, and how much they would love to have aspects A, B, and C in their soon to be constructed space. Yet, when you sit down with someone to discuss what features they would like in their home, they’re likely to discuss issues they have with their current space, and what problem solving, functional features would be great to have.

Great design is about marrying form and function, beauty and brawn, to create a cohesive, well designed space that is both beautiful to the eye and appreciated by the mind for it’s functionality. We recently featured photos from Vista Ridge Imaging in our Northest by Northwest Project that display these ideals well:

A classic library design gets a modern spark and a fresh feel.

Built in bookcases in the library keep the the space uncluttered and unencumbered, while the spacing of the shelves allows for larger titles and a sleek, spacious modern feel that keeps the room from feeling stuffy.

The kitchen island now works for prep and for guests.

Single level islands often put anyone on a bar stool in the thick of food preparation rather than allowing them a place as a comfortable spectator. By raising a portion of the island, we create an interesting silhouette while also adding seating space and more room to work.

Adding a recessed space adds architecture interest and useful areas to the room.

This dining room has a recess that may seem just for show, but it also keeps a buffet out of the way of the main room, so guests can walk without dodging furniture. Closets in the dining room provide great storage for special china, linens, and more.

Add function and beauty to your home to create a harmonious and beautiful place that you’ll cherish for years to come. For help with this aspect of your new home’s design, contact Gelotte Hommas today.


Home For a Lifetime: Creating a Home For All Stages in Life

When designing a home, many people consider what they need right now, whether it’s a two bedroom starter home for a new couple, a small cabin for empty nesters, or a four bedroom house with a spacious layout and nice backyard for a growing family. Gelotte Hommas tries to leave as small of a carbon footprint as possible when designing a new home for someone or while remodeling their current one. Though you may take care to examine green design for the homes that you build, it’s also important to think about the environmental impact of the number of homes you’ll inhabit. One family decided to design their first home as their “forever home”, creating a space that they plan to enjoy as they raise their children and on into their elderly years.

David and Mayuku plan to enjoy this home for the rest of their lives. Photographed by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao for Dwell.

David and Mayuko Lai, as featured in Dwell, took five years to design their home. In it they feature elements of universal design so that it will accommodate their young family now and them as they age. One of the most interesting aspects of their story was that they had the freedom to give the home little touches that they knew would be great for them, without having to consider how it might effect future residents or the resale value of their home.

What kind of changes would you make to your home, or what features would you include in a new build, to make it more of your forever home? Tell us about them in a comment.

The Artwork of Gelotte Hommas: Envisioning a Home

When you trust an architect to build your home, you’re trusting their creative eye. They often times will show you the plans that they have, but if those don’t go beyond simple sketches or blue prints, you’re stuck trying to let your imagination picture a place that you’re expecting to live in for the next few decades.

Trying to picture a home from a blueprint, especially if you’re not used to reading them, it can be like picturing your favorite character from a novel, and then watching the book to movie version. No matter how you pictured the character, the silver screen version isn’t quite what you thought it would be–Picturing a house without a clear image to go by can be the same way.

Gelotte Hommas goes beyond the blueprint with clients to show them a clear image of what direction their home is taking, and how they plan to see the finished product. We do so with colorful renderings of the home, so that you can see exactly what to expect. Here are a few examples for you; click each image to see a larger version. Too see more rendering please visit our website.


Seattle thinking about reuse. Good or bad?

Could adapting office buildings to residential be a viable solution in downtown Seattle? That’s a recently asked given the city of Seattle’s goal of bringing more housing to downtown.

The one recent example of a large-scale conversion from office to residential in Seattle that the author cites as working: The Cobb, at 4th and University.

And although adaptive reuse is a buzzword of late, the author writes that “In Seattle, both the economics and market are totally different, and it will likely be rare for all the factors required to make conversion from large-scale office to housing attractive to align. It worked at The Cobb mainly because the building is historic—it had become obsolete for modern offices and it qualified for historic tax-credit financing. In most cases, simply getting office floorplates to lay out well for residential units would be a serious encumbrance.”

What do you think? Would it be a smart strategy for urban planners and developers to keep the possibilities of reuse in mind? Could this truly triumph over demolition? Check out to voice your opinion.